photo from Justin


Our sister station WCSJ reports that a Coal City woman was hospitalized after she crashed her vehicle in an apparent attempt to avoid a vehicle parked on the bridge over the Illinois River near Morris where a man jumped into the river last week.

A Morris man was rescued from the Illinois River around 11:15 on Friday morning.

The Morris Police Department said the man parked his vehicle on the northbound lanes of Route 47 over the Illinois River Bridge and then started talking on his cell phone while standing on the bridge railing.

A short time later, the man jumped into the Illinois River.

Police said in an update after the man left his vehicle on the roadway; it was struck by a vehicle driven by a Coal City woman. The woman told an officer she was driving on Route 47 when a large truck in front of her switched lanes quickly to avoid the man's vehicle.

Police officials say after the truck swerved into the other lane, the woman did not see the man's vehicle and struck the rear of it. Her vehicle came to a rest against the concrete barrier.

At the scene, the woman complained of abdominal pain and transported to Morris Hospital for her injuries.

The Morris man was also transported to Morris Hospital where he was listed in good condition.

No citations have been announced against either the man or the woman.

The incident remains under investigation.


Our sister station WCSJ reports that one person was rescued from the Illinois River shortly after 11:15 on Friday morning.

Morris Fire Chief Tracey Steffes explained what happened.

Steffes said the person was transported to Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers.

Steffes said his staff did a great job rescuing the individual.

Prior to the jump, Morris Police officers were dispatched to an accident on the Illinois River Bridge. It is not known at this time if the water rescue had anything to do with the accident.

An investigation is on-going.

Information provided in this report has been obtained from area authorities, including but not limited to local police, fire and emergency dispatch officials. Information is sourced only from official sources of public information unless otherwise stated. Subjects listed who have been charged or cited for crimes have not been proven guilty in court and all acts are alleged.